Johann Martin Bolzius reports and diaries
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Johann Martin Bolzius reports and diaries

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Boltzius, Johann Martin, 1703-1765.
Title: Johann Martin Bolzius reports and diaries
Dates: 1733-1739
Extent: 0.04 cubic feet (2 microfilm rolls)
Identification: MS 1407

Biographical/Historical Note

Johann Martin Bolzius (1703-1765) was born on December 15, 1703 in the town of Forest in lower Lusatia, Germany. After studying in the Berlin preparatory school, Bolzius received a scholarship to study theology at Halle at the age of 24 years. In 1730, at the age of 27, Bolzius became the vice-inspector of the Latin School connected with the Francke Foundation.

In 1733, Bolzius was invited to accompany a group of religious exiles from Salzburg to Georgia and to be their minister. The settlement that Bolzius and his group established was known as Ebenezer. Ebenezer managed to prosper thanks in large part to Bolzius' efforts in obtaining aid from the English and German benefactors.

On August 7, 1735, Bolzius married a young parishioner, Gertraut Rohrmoser; they had four children. Bolzius died on November 19, 1765 at the age of 61.

The surname "Bolzius" also appears as "Boltzius."

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of reports and diaries kept by Johann Bolzius from 1733 until 1739. The reports contain the first four years of Bolzius' report on Ebenezer, Georgia, and the Salzburger immigrants in his parish, to be recorded in the books of the orphanage in Halle, Germany. The first diary, 1733-1735, is incomplete, but the second diary, 1736, is complete.

Index Terms

Boltzius, Johann Martin, 1703-1765.
Ebenezer (Effingham County, Ga.)

Location of Originals

Originals in the Archiv der Missionbibliothek at the Franckesche Stiftungen in Germany.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Johann Martin Bolzius reports and diaries, MS 1407, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-1407-01. Reports from Ebenezer, Georgia, diaries, 1733-1739; 1733-1736


2X-1407-02. Reports, 1737-1739